SparkPeople ENJOY LIFE! Team Messageboard We can become what we want to be. With a positive attitude we can reach our goals. You have the winning ticket so go ahead and use it! SparkPeople ENJOY LIFE! Team Messageboard Did you post to the team wall today? yes Thu, 1 May 2014 08:38:57 EST What interests you? golf Wed, 2 Apr 2014 09:05:26 EST Life is Trying new things in all areas of life. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:01:24 EST Feeling Good About Who I Am yes I can do that Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:33:04 EST Hello Everyone I'm from Virginia, in the process of completing my weight loss journey. Love to surround myself around Positive people. Looking forward to conversing with you all. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:18:16 EST What's the word for the day. smile Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:38:56 EST Hi Sparkies! My name is Mary Catherine. I live in Pittsburgh. I am so thrilled to be on Spark People and sparking. Good luck to all of you on reaching your goals. Dont hesitate to send spark mail to me and I will try to answer each and every one. Mon, 20 May 2013 15:35:22 EST 10 Natural Remedies for Allergies <link><BR>alth/10-natural-remedies-for-allergies<BR>.aspx </link> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 10:03:58 EST Why Adrenal Health is Important <link><BR>spx?v=ed21b8dd6afb0c21 </link> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 09:37:49 EST For Those Dealing with Working Shifts <link><BR>shift-work-dealing-off-hour-work/ </link> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 14:34:26 EST Household Magic Daily Tips If you have very dry winter hands and commercial lotions aren’t cutting it, puncture a vitamin E gel capsule, squish out the oil and rub it on your hands. Do this twice a day to help heal the painful cracks that often come with cold weather. <BR> <BR> From Household Magic Daily Tips email Mon, 11 Feb 2013 08:25:36 EST Rev Up Your Metabolism with Coconut From the Dr. David Jockers Facebook Page: <BR> This is why my clients affectionately call me Dr Coconut! I can't get enough of this stuff and I cannot stop sharing my enthusiasm for all the nutritional benefits of Coconut Oil. <BR> <BR> What is a SuperFood? <BR> Foods that have an incredible array of health benefits that go well beyond just their nutrient value are considered 'super-foods.' Mothers' milk is considered the most perfect food on the planet for human consumption do to its ideal ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 07:57:10 EST What color are you? pink Mon, 7 Jan 2013 11:18:50 EST Daily Burst of Energy Daily Tip Here’s a simple balancing exercise that you can do anywhere—stand on one leg for a few seconds, lifting the other leg off the floor by a few inches. You will be strengthening your core, the muscles of the abdomen, pelvis, lower back and hips—and in turn, building balance and stability. It’s harder than it sounds, isn’t it? So if you need to hold onto a wall for help at first, that’s fine. Maintain good posture while you hold the position—and make sure you do the exercise on each side. Just th... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 09:34:41 EST Health Tip of the Day Did you know that Alfalfa sprouts contain every essential amino acid? They are also a great source of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, carotenes, chlorophyll, folic acid, and phytoestrogens. Alfalfa sprouts make a great addition to salad, sandwiches, and wraps, or you can just enjoy them by themselves. <BR> <BR> In Good Health, <BR> The Health Coach Training Team email Thu, 3 Jan 2013 09:26:55 EST Hi - Kind Of New Here :) Hi Everyone :) I am not brand new to the team but a brand new co-leader. I am THRILLED to help each of you as much as I can :) <BR> <BR> I face many challenges in life. To name a few 1. I have a serious spine injury that makes just putting my socks on a challenge each day. 2. My husband (I call him hub) is 49 yrs old & has Dementia (PICKS Disease). <BR> <BR> Between my spine injury & his dementia our world has changed 100% to say the least. <BR> <BR> I own my own commercial cleaning biz ... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 00:38:24 EST Finding the Courage To Win..... Finding the Courage to Win <BR> A Lesson about the Strength of Vision <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> This is the story of an unassuming electrician working hard at a city zoo. He was not known as the kind to stir up trouble, but as mounting injustice swirled around him, he couldn't help himself. He wrote and published a couple of essays expressing his beliefs - and was promptly arrested and sentenced to 15... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 10:52:30 EST Consistency Eventually Leads to Breakthroughs! Consistency Eventually Leads to Breakthroughs! <BR> Sweat the Small Stuff <BR> -- By Chris <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> Consistency, so important to the SparkPeople System, is something our society often overlooks. People are so focused on wanting things now that they aren't willing to spend the time consistently doing small things over time. This attitude results in loads of stress and lost opportunities. <BR> <BR> Here's how you can reap... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 08:37:35 EST The 10 Minute Mindshift.... The 10-Minute Mindshift <BR> <BR> Share on Tumblr <BR> By: dailySpark Guest Blogger : 4/25/2012 10:00 AM 14 comments : 4,669 Views <BR> – Cherylanne Skolnicki, <BR> <BR> As a health coach for busy professionals, I hear a lot about how little time people have. My clients pack their days with meetings and commitments until there is barely room to breathe. But the truth is, no matter who we are, we all have the exact same amount of time--24 hours in each and every d... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 08:47:04 EST Dos and Don'ts of a Successful Fitness Plan..... Dos and Don'ts of a Successful Fitness Plan <BR> Avoiding Common Fitness Pitfalls <BR> -- By Antigone Arthur, Health Writer <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> Starting a fitness program doesn’t have to be overwhelming when you are armed with the proper tools to get things rolling. Once you’ve committed to getting in shape, there are several things you can do to ensure you’ll exceed your short and long term fitness goals. There are also some thin... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 06:32:06 EST Talk Yourself Into Reaching Your Goals.... Talk Yourself into Reaching Your Goals <BR> How Self-Talk Can Help (or Hinder) Your Progress <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> <BR> This “tougher than tough love” kind of self-talk is a prescription for failure. Mostly, it increases feelings of resentment, deprivation, and helplessness until they erupt in a self-defeating binge or a collapse into depression and hopelessness. And it definite... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 12:20:46 EST 4 Signs It's Time To Step Off The Scale.... 4 Signs It's Time to Step Off the Scale <BR> Does Weight Weigh Heavily on Your Mind? <BR> -- By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It cannot talk yet it speaks to you. Some days it makes you giddy with delight. Other days it puts you into a deep depression. It judges you on a superficial level. The thought of it is enough to worry even the most optimistic person. What am I talking about? The notorious bathroom scale. <BR> <BR> What is with this obsession ... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 13:15:11 EST HOW TO DEAL WITH SETBACKS How to Deal with Setbacks <BR> Bounce Back from Life's Hurdles <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> We’ve all hit that bump in the road, the setback, the problem. What sets people apart is how they react to that bump. Are you one to spin out of control, in despair? Or do you grab a hold of that wheel and steer yourself straight? Whether it’s a school assignment, a work project, or a volunteer mission, we a... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 07:49:00 EST How do I stop comfort eating? Realised today that when I get stressed, especially at work, I reach for food. Usually chocolate! Now I know I am eating for the wrong reasons, but would welcome ideas on how to change that. Sat, 21 Apr 2012 06:22:48 EST VIDEO: How to Use SparkPeople's Fitness Tracker... VIDEO: How to Use SparkPeople's Fitness Tracker <BR> Step-by-Step Instructions for This Popular Tool <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You can go to my sparkpage at the top right hand corner you will see on my tools bar......MORE. click on that and go to my favorites. You can view the video from there. <BR> <BR> In this video, Coach Nicole explains how to use your Fitness Tracker. Learn how to find your free, customized Exercise Tracker and Workout plans, t... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 09:33:00 EST VIDEO: How to Use SparkPeople's Nutrition Tracker VIDEO: How to Use SparkPeople's Nutrition Tracker <BR> Tips for Using Our Most Popular Weight Loss Tool <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Resident Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> You can go to my sparkpage at the top right hand corner you will see on my tools bar......MORE. click on that and go to my favorites. You can view the video from there. <BR> <BR> In this video, Coach Nicole explains how to use your Nutrition Tracker. Learn how to find your free, customized Food Tracker and Meal Plans, ... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 09:23:25 EST USING SPARKPEOPLE'S QUICK TRACK... SparkPeople Insider <BR> Using SparkPeople's QuickTrack <BR> QuickTrack is perfect for people who want to track basic nutrition and fitness goals without spending a lot of time tracking details. Therefore, we recommend that members use either the QuickTrack tools or the full Nutrition and Fitness Trackers. Some members may decide to use QuickTrack if they feel like they no longer need the in-depth functionality of the Nutrition and Fitness Trackers. Other members may decide to only use QuickT... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 09:09:12 EST 11 Nice Ways to Say 'NO" to Food Pushers.... 11 Nice Ways to Say 'No' to Food Pushers <BR> Politely Turn Down Food at Parties and Gatherings <BR> -- By Erin Whitehead, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> During the holiday season, food temptations are everywhere. From stuffing and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving to eggnog and sugar cookies in December, the seasonal temptations are endless. It can be tough enough to navigate the turkey buffet without having your great aunt force an extra helping of potatoes on your plate or resist... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 08:52:50 EST Newbie frustrated with the site I am loving the site but i am having some issues with a few things and haven't heard back from the help form....when i go to add my cardio in the link shows up and the selections are not visible ... also i can't remember which one but one of the links to add food, it comes up all squished so i cant see the search bar........can you help cause i actually got up an moved yesterday and i cant add it and now im all frouny face Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:03:46 EST Easy Ways To Eat 5 Fruits & Veggies Each Day... Easy Ways to Eat 5 Fruits & Veggies Each Day <BR> Tricks for Healthy Treats <BR> -- By Laura Bofinger, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Eat your fruits and vegetables." We've heard it all of our lives. If only it were so simple. <BR> <BR> Our bodies crave fruits and vegetables more than just about any other food because we tend to get far fewer of them than we need. We often think we'd survive just fine on 2-3 servings a day – or less. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 09:12:11 EST 50 Easy Ways To Cut 100 Calories 50 Easy Ways to Cut 100 Calories <BR> Lose Weight Without Deprivation <BR> -- By Emily Vale, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> Cutting calories may seem like a daunting task, especially when you're trying to cut hundreds of calories each day to lose the recommended 1-2 pounds per week. Will you go hungry? Will your meals taste like cardboard? Will you have to give up your favorite foods? <BR> <BR> Don't worry. Wh... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 08:45:20 EST Barefoot Running: Newest Craze or Lasting Phase? Barefoot running: Newest craze or lasting phase? <BR> <BR> Posted: Monday, April 16, 2012 1:30 pm | Updated: 10:58 pm, Mon Apr 16, 2012. <BR> By Kelly.Madsen, <BR> <BR> The recent craze in barefoot running has taken the running culture by storm, but before deciding to lose the shoes, runners should consider what it means for their bodies. <BR> “Barefoot running is not just about being barefoot or wearing minimalist shoes, but it is a complete change in the wa... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 09:16:27 EST No Mystery Meat..."Pink Slime" just fine.... No mystery meat: ‘Pink slime’ just fine <BR> <BR> Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:00 am <BR> <BR> <BR> There’s no mystery about the safety of Beef Products Inc.’s meat. <BR> <BR> The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the federal school lunch program, reaffirmed that on Thursday, calling Dakota Dunes-based BPI’s lean, finely textured beef patties “safe, nutritious and affordable.” Yet, the USDA also bowed to unyielding, hyperbolic and irrational pressure from critics on ... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 09:37:12 EST 10 Tricks to Lower Your Blood Pressure 10 Tricks to Lower Your Blood Pressure <BR> One of the best indicators of your health is your blood pressure. High blood pressure can kill--and unless you pay attention to it, you may not even know your blood pressure is dangerously high. <BR> <BR> The Harvard Heart Letter offers 10 steps for getting your blood pressure under control and keeping it there. <BR> <BR> 1. Check it. <BR> You can't do much about your blood pressure unless you know what it is. Your doctor should check it at ever... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 14:27:07 EST 5 Ways To Make Your Day A Little Healthier 5 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR DAY A LITTLE HEALTHIER <BR> Updated 04/05/12 3:10 AM · Posted 04/05/12 3:06 AM by Leta Shy · 0 Comments <BR> Weight Loss · healthy living <BR> You know you need to exercise and eat right to look and feel your best, but those two things are easier said than done. It helps to break things up, like with these simple steps to make your day a little healthier. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Resist the pastry case: You know that you need to eat breakfast to boost your metabolism and kee... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 09:03:43 EST Stay Motivated With SparkStreaks! Stay Motivated with SparkStreaks! <BR> How (and Why) to Start Your Own Streak Today! <BR> -- By Jen Mueller & Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Experts <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> At SparkPeople, we believe that streaking can motivate you to reach your goals. Put your clothes back on—we're not talking about running naked in public (although that sure could inspire you to tone up or drop a few pounds)! We're talking about a different kind of st... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 08:54:59 EST Burn Baby Burn Those Calories.... Burn, Baby, Burn Those Calories! <BR> How Many Calories Does Your Workout Torch? <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> One of the most important components of a healthy lifestyle is regular exercise. By incorporating a variety of exercises and activities into your routine, you can help prevent the boredom that comes with doing the same thing each day. Different activities utilize various combinations of mus... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 12:28:15 EST Steps to Quitting Soda or Pop Steps1 <BR> <BR> Determine why you are quitting soda. There can be several reasons, and any one of them can make living a soda-free life an attractive option: <BR> <BR> reducing caffeine intake <BR> reducing sugar intake <BR> avoiding high fructose corn syrup <BR> limiting carbonation <BR> limiting artificial sweeteners <BR> minimizing acid intake - the phosphoric acid present in most dark sodas is detrimental to bone health and softens tooth enamel[3] [4] <BR> saving money - if you add up ... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 12:27:42 EST Lose Twice The Weight By Tracking Your Food.... Nutrition Articles | Quick and Easy <BR> Lose Twice the Weight by Tracking Your Food <BR> Weight Loss News Flash <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> You hear all the time that to lose weight, you should track what you eat. Well, a 2008 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that keeping a "food diary" may double your weight loss efforts. <BR> <BR> Researchers from Kai... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 12:26:52 EST 100 Reasons You Should Work Out Today... 100 Reasons You Should Work Out Today <BR> Share on Tumblr <BR> By: Nicole Nichols : 4/4/2012 6:00 AM 18 comments : 5,165 Views <BR> <BR> <BR> We all have those days that we don't want to work out even though we know we should. <BR> <BR> When you need a little motivation, look no further. <BR> <BR> Here are 100 reasons you shouldn't skip your workout today. <BR> <BR> Print, save, pin or "like" this post so you'll have easy access to it on the days you need it most. <BR> <BR> 100 Reason... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 12:26:16 EST Stop Emotional Eating Before It Starts.... Stop Emotional Eating Before It Starts <BR> 15 Ways Turn Off Your Emotions without Turning to Food <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> Eating is more than something we do to nourish our bodies with vital nutrients. It's also an activity we do out of habit, like nail biting, hair twirling, or finger tapping. And sometimes, we habitually turn to food in response to certain emotions. Whether you feel a... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 12:25:38 EST Evening Snackers... Here is an article of found that might help all you evening snackers...... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It takes 8 or 9 days to break the cycle of late night snacking. However, once the habit is broken, the temptation for late night snacking diminishes by 75% and you lose weight by eating less calories. <BR> <BR> One way to reduce temptation is to eat small meals at regular intervals through the day along with a satisfying dinner. Eating small meals through the day will help burn more fat and keep... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 12:24:55 EST A Story Of Priorities and a Jar A Story of Priorities and a Jar <BR> Tips for Squeezing More into Your Life <BR> -- By Julie Isphording, former Olympian <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> The following story is one that’s been circulating for awhile. I believe it holds a very important message regarding appropriately setting priorities in our lives. <BR> <BR> A professor of philosophy stood before his class with some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he ... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 12:24:02 EST Comparing Yourself To Others.....A Alternatives Stop Comparing Yourself to Others: An Alternative to Competing with People <BR> by Sonya Derian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Why compare yourself with others? No one in the entire world can do a better job of being you than you.” ~Unknown <BR> <BR> We all do it or have done it at some point in our lives: we compare ourselves to others and gauge where we are based on what we observe them to be doing. <BR> <BR> If this was simply an observation, that would be one thing, but in comparing ourselves... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 07:32:06 EST Taking Action....The First Step Towards Success Taking Action - The First Step Towards Success <BR> By Sharon Capehart <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> All of us have choices in our lives to whatever we do or don't want to do. The choice to take action is only yours. No one else can do it for you. You must be responsible for your own actions. However, it would be helpful to find someone who can make you accountable for certain goals that you have set for yourself. This may be a coach, a mentor or a friend. <BR> <BR> This is someone that you must t... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 07:35:24 EST Living A Courageous Life..... "One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest." -Maya Angelou, American Poet, Actress and Civil Rights Leader, Maya Angelou books// <BR> <BR> Everyone has the potential to be courageous. Some learn how to make courage an habitual behavior, taking risks on a daily basis and, seemingly, living a daring life without fear. Others might call this... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 07:18:51 EST TOTAL SPARKPOI many do you have??? 6657 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 09:16:16 EST LOG IN SPARKPOINTS ........AND BONUS 2 plus 5 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 09:15:19 EST POINTS....TO NEXT TROPHY 343 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 09:13:07 EST DID YOU HUDDLE TODAY <em>224</em> <em>220</em> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 09:10:07 EST HUG TIME.....PLEASE PASS ONE ON !!! <em>247</em> <em>306</em> <em>247</em> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 09:08:50 EST WHAT FRUIT .....OR.. ...VEGGIE DID YOU EAT TODAY?? <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>291</em> potato Wed, 18 Jan 2012 09:00:34 EST WOO HOO....IF YOU MOVED THAT BEAUTIFUL BODY TODAY <em>244</em> <em>314</em> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 08:57:45 EST Don't Let Fear Get In Your Way..... Don’t Let Fear Get In Your Way <BR> by Jonathan <BR> <BR> <BR> It is a rare person who lives without fearful feelings of one kind or another. You may be afraid of heights, or spiders, or new situations, or rejection. Whatever your fears may be, there are basically two ways of dealing with them. The first is to let those fears create boundaries beyond which you can’t move or grow. The second is to face your fears head-on and allow them to become opportunities to expand your life. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 08:48:28 EST A QUOTE TO START YOUR DAY....COME SHARE "If you let fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, then your life will be safe, expedient and thin." <BR> <BR> <BR> Does anyone really set out to live a watered-down version of life? Would people rather pick the leftovers off the ground instead of choosing from the ripe fruit on the tree? It’s doubtful. But to live a full life, to pick that fruit, you have to reach up. The unknown can be intimidating and downright scary. Just as your instincts are pushing you ... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 08:27:46 EST NEW QUESTION EACH DAY ?????? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> How has Sparking helped you today? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is keeping me accountable for my actions. I like to track my nutrition and exercises. Reading blogs is very encouraging for me as well. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 08:07:14 EST JAN......31 DAYS TO UNBREAKABLE GOALS. <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> Each day I will give you a new tip to help you in forming some new habits in 2012. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Behavior experts say that it takes about one month to form a new habit, and many people try to create (or break) habits at the start of each year. With the right attitude and focus, you can stick to your New Year's goals and achieve long-term success. Here are 31 daily tips that will help you do exactly that. <BR> <BR> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 08:03:33 EST The Benefits of A Positive Attitude....Be Bold The Benefits Of A Positive Attitude <BR> <BR> By: Ab van Deemter <BR> <BR> <BR> Two people look at a glass which is half filled with water. <BR> Are you the person who sees a glass that is half empty or do you see a glass that is half full? <BR> <BR> We have a lot of choices in life. We can choose to look at things the negative way and always see the dark side of situations, or we can choose to be positive and live a happy and fulfilling life. <BR> <BR> Why is it so important to live a p... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 07:47:43 EST Had my baby I just wanted to let everyone know I had a baby Girl on Sept 22/11 9 lbs 14 oz. Mom and baby are doing well. Thanks for all the support. <em>247</em> Wed, 5 Oct 2011 00:38:08 EST EVERYDAY LIVING.....TIP OF THE DAY !!! SHOPPING AT THE DOLLAR STORE.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Bring a list to the dollar store <BR> The trick to saving money sometimes is not spending money. Just because it costs a dollar doesn’t mean that it is a bargain especially if you don't need it. Stick to the list! <BR> <BR> Overspending without thinking is easy at dollar stores, so before you toss an item into your cart, ask yourself whether it’s on your list– and, if it’s perishable, whether you will consume it before it spoils. <BR> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 08:19:55 EST EMOTICON.. ..FAVORITE FRUIT OR VEGGIE TODAY... <em>45</em> Fri, 2 Sep 2011 10:43:20 EST SEPT.....MONEY JAR CHALLENGE ?????? REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON THURSDAY....SEPT. 1ST <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of SEPTEMBER. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ok,... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:45:27 EST SEPT... MINUTES PLEDGED CHALLENGE FOR THOSE THAT ARE NEW TO THIS CHALLENGE ...THIS IS HOW IT WORKS!!!! <BR> <BR> YOU DECIDE HOW MANY MINUTES A DAY YOU WILL COMMIT TO EXERCISE AND MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY HOW MANY DAYS ARE IN THE MONTH OF APRIL. <BR> <BR> LET'S SAY YOU WILL MAKE A PLEDGE TO DO 30 MINS. A DAY YOU THEN MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY 30 (DAYS IN JUNE) YOU WOULD THEN PLEDGE 900 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> LET'S SEE IF WE CAN MEET OR BEAT OUR PLEDGES!!! <BR> <BR> WHO'S UP FOR THIS CHALLENGE?? <BR> <BR> <BR> I will pledge... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:38:15 EST SEPT CHALLENG .....EAT A RAINBOW We all know the importance of eating fruit & vegetables, but how many of us actually get our 5 a day. With this challenge we will be able to eat a variety of fruit & veg and maybe try something we haven't tried before. <BR> <BR> Rules:- <BR> *Eat as many fruits & veggies as you like. <BR> *If you only eat the inside of a piece of fruit or veg, you don't count the colour of the skin or peel. For example-if you pick a red apple, but peel it before you eat it you count the white of the pulp ... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:27:48 EST SEPT.....30 DAYS TO MORE FRUITS AND VEGGIES As summer winds to an end, fall is a time for harvest. September is many things to many <BR> people, including 5-a-Day month, Fruit and Vegetable month, and even Organic Harvest <BR> month! Since most people struggle to get the recommended five to nine servings of produce each day, these 30 tips will help you add more fruits and vegetables to your diet—and enjoy every bite! <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>488</em> <em>491</em> <em>258</em> <em>267</em> <em>485</... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:11:58 EST HI, I am a Newbie :) Hi, <BR> My name is Lisa and I am a new member to Sparkpeople. I am 44 and married. I have been over weight most of my life. I have tried every diet know to man <em>100</em> . This time I am coming at this in a different was. I am going to just focus on becoming healthier. I know if I can eat right and exercise that the weight will come also. I am currently about 40 lbs over weight. My biggest problem that I think that I need to over come is I have to learn to believe in myself. <BR> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:02:05 EST SP TRIVIA CHALLENG ....WHAT DID YOU GET TODAY??? Collecting Spark points can be fun and a great way to learn new and useful information. All you have to do is go to MY TRACKERS at the top left hand corner of your page. Go to SPARKPOINTS and collect as many points as you can. The Trivia Questions are at the bottom of the sparkpoints. How many did you get today???? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I managed to get.....3/4 <BR> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 11:18:59 EST WHAT TO DO TO KEEP TEMPTATION AT BAY..... When you are tempted to eat because you are bored, you think you are hungry when you really aren't, or just because you love the taste of food what are some alternatives to get your mind working in a more productive manner. Any suggestions team mates.... <BR> <BR> I will start with some of these ideas, <BR> <BR> Polish your can't eat with wet nailpolish. <BR> Get up and take a walk around the block. <BR> Go window shopping. <BR> Snack on something healthy like raw veggies... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 11:04:48 EST SPIN OF THE WHEEL...HOW MANY DID YOU GET TODAY 5 <em>347</em> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 09:48:03 EST How Many.....TOTAL SPARKPOI NTS...Do You Have ?? 747 Mon, 15 Aug 2011 09:47:23 EST WHAT DOES THIS WORD REMIND YOU OF.... apple Sun, 14 Aug 2011 09:40:15 EST A - Z....... HOPPIING SPREE Atlas Fri, 12 Aug 2011 23:33:29 EST A -Z ....three letter words ate Fri, 12 Aug 2011 23:32:53 EST DID YOU DRINK SOME WATER TODAY??? <em>248</em> <em>91</em> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 23:31:33 EST DID YOU EAT A FRUIT OR VEGGIE TODAY??? <em>248</em> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 23:30:32 EST WOOHOO.....IF YOU MOVED THOSE BEAUTIFUL BODIES <em>244</em> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 23:29:36 EST BONUS SPIN....HOW MANY DID YOU GET 10 Fri, 12 Aug 2011 23:28:09 EST GOODIE GIVE AWAY ......... This game is a great way to get to know each other by visiting other spark pages and giving support, motivation and encouragement to team members. <BR> Each person posts the next number in order. If your number contains 2 or 3 of the same digits, you give a goodie to someone on our Strengthen and Tone Your Body team. <BR> For example: if you get 11, 44, 121, 333, 2445 etc. you give a goodie! <BR> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 23:24:27 EST HOW MANY POINTS TILL YOUR NEXT TROPHY???? 157 Fri, 12 Aug 2011 23:23:27 EST DID YOU READ A BLOG TODAY..... <em>224</em> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 23:16:00 EST WE CAN ALL USE A HUG....PASS IT ON <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 23:13:51 EST NEW MEMBERS PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELVES HERE <em>235</em> new members. Please tell us a little bit about yourselves to that we can get to know you better. Fri, 12 Aug 2011 23:12:31 EST RESTING OR WORKING OUT.... working out Fri, 12 Aug 2011 23:09:24 EST INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS ....COME SHARE The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves, Fri, 12 Aug 2011 23:08:34 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY ??????? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm most guilty of eating while distracted when I'm... <BR> <BR> watching TV <BR> <BR> at work <BR> <BR> using the computer <BR> <BR> studying or doing homework <BR> <BR> driving <BR> <BR> at the movies <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mine would have to be when watching TV. <BR> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 23:05:35 EST